Ex- Speaker explains why he left the opposition party, PDP for the Ruling Party APC
By Millicent Umoru-O
The Speaker of the 9th National Assembly, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has explained the reason why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Splash News reported Mr Dogara’s defection after he met with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday
In a letter of resignation addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) dated July 24, 2020, Mr Dogara mentioned a breakdown of governance in Bauchi his native state under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed whom he “helped install” as governor in the 2019 general elections.
Mr Dogara said he cannot successfully ask questions about those issues without being accused of disloyalty if he were to remain in the PDP.
He argued that if he give up the responsibility of telling the truth to power in Bauchi State, having done same under the administrations of former Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar, he will be the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in State.
Mr Dogara was elected speaker on the platform of the APC in 2015. He decamped, alongside dozens of other lawmakers, to the PDP in the build-up to the 2019 general election. He won his re-election as a lawmaker on the platform of PDP but did not contest the speaker’s position as a result of the majority members of APC in the parliament.
After his meeting with President Buhari on Friday, the acting Chairman of the APC and governor of Yobe State, Mala Mai Buni, who also attended the meeting, said President Buhari was pleased with the defection.
He noted that, President Buhari welcomed Mr Dogara and He is happy with the development. Adding that, that’s what the President is looking for. He further stressed that, they are rebuilding the party and these are the steps they are taking towards rebuilding the party.